1999–2000 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 1999–2000
Champions Rangers
Relegated No relegation
Champions League Rangers
UEFA Cup Celtic
Heart of Midlothian
Aberdeen (via Scottish Cup)
Matches played 180
Goals scored 528 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorer Mark Viduka (25)
Biggest home win Celtic 7–0 Aberdeen (16 October)
Biggest away win Dundee 1–7 Rangers (27 February)
Aberdeen 0–6 Celtic (11 December)
Highest scoring Motherwell 5–6 Aberdeen (20 October)
Highest attendance 60,253, Celtic 3–0 St Johnstone (7 August)
Lowest attendance 4,039, Dundee 0–0 Kilmarnock (26 January)
Average attendance 17,944 (Red Arrow Down.svg 633)

The 1999–2000 Scottish Premier League (known as the 1999–2000 Bank of Scotland Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the second season of the Scottish Premier League, the top level of football in Scotland. It began in on 31 July 1999 and concluded on 21 May 2000.

Rangers, the defending champions, retained their title on 22 April 2000, after their nearest challengers Celtic drew 1–1 with Hibernian.[1]

Teams[edit]

A total of 10 teams competed in the league, the top 9 sides from the 1998–99 Scottish Premier League and the champions of the 1998–99 Scottish First Division.

Hibernian were promoted to the league after winning the 1998–99 First Division by a 23 point margin. They replaced Dunfermline Athletic who were relegated after a three-season stint in the top flight, finishing bottom of the league the previous season.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park
Capacity: 20,866[2] Capacity: 60,411[3] Capacity: 11,506[4]
Pittodrie from Block Y, May 2015.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg Dens stand.jpg
Dundee United Heart of Midlothian Hibernian
Tannadice Park Tynecastle Park Easter Road
Capacity: 14,223[5] Capacity: 17,420[6] Capacity: 16,531[7]
East Stand Tannadice.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg Easter Road 2010.JPG
Kilmarnock Motherwell
Rugby Park Fir Park
Capacity: 17,889[8] Capacity: 13,677[9]
Rugby Park.jpg Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg
Rangers St Johnstone
Ibrox Stadium McDiarmid Park
Capacity: 50,817[10] Capacity: 10,696[11]
Ibrox Inside.jpg McDiarmid Park.jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor
Aberdeen Denmark Ebbe Skovdahl Puma[12] Atlantic Telecom
Celtic Scotland Kenny Dalglish (interim) Umbro[13] ntl:
Dundee Scotland Jocky Scott Xara[14] Ceramic Tile Warehouse
Dundee United Scotland Paul Sturrock Olympic Sports[15] Telewest
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Jim Jefferies Olympic Sports[16] Strongbow
Hibernian Scotland Alex McLeish Le Coq Sportif[17] Carlsberg
Kilmarnock Scotland Bobby Williamson Puma[18] JJB Sports
Motherwell Scotland Billy Davies Xara[19] Motorola
Rangers Netherlands Dick Advocaat Nike[20] ntl:
St Johnstone Scotland Sandy Clark Xara[21] Scottish Hydro Electric

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Aberdeen Scotland Paul Hegarty 24 May 1999 Caretaker spell ended Pre-season Denmark Ebbe Skovdahl 1 July 1999[22]
Celtic Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 1 June 1999[23] Mutual consent England John Barnes 10 June 1999[23]
Celtic England John Barnes 10 February 2000[24] Sacked 2nd Scotland Kenny Dalglish (caretaker) 10 February 2000[24]

Overview[edit]

The 1999–2000 Scottish Premier League was won by Rangers for the second successive year, finishing 21 points ahead of nearest rivals Celtic. As champions, Rangers qualified for the Champions League while Celtic and third-placed Hearts qualified for the UEFA Cup.

As the SPL was being expanded to 12 teams, the bottom finishing side were to face the second and third finishing sides from the First Division, in a three team play-off. However, due to Falkirk's stadium (Brockville Park) having fewer than the SPL minimum required 10,000 seats, the playoff did not take place. Therefore, bottom-placed Aberdeen were spared relegation and Dunfermline were promoted automatically as the First Division runner-up.[25] Aberdeen appeared in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup final, but lost both to Celtic and Rangers, respectively. However, as Scottish Cup runners-up, they also qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup.

Celtic entered the season under new management with former Liverpool player John Barnes taking charge in June 1999.[26] It proved to be a brief and unsuccessful reign, however, after being sacked in February 2000, ten points behind Rangers in the league, and in the wake of a Scottish Cup defeat to First Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[24]

On 20 October 1999, Aberdeen and Motherwell played out a match which finished in a 6–5 victory for Aberdeen at Fir Park.[27] This was the record for the highest-scoring match in Scottish Premier League history, until Motherwell and Hibernian played out a 6–6 draw in May 2010, also at Fir Park.

Rangers secured the league title on 22 April 2000, after Celtic drew 1–1 with Hibernian at Celtic Park, leaving Celtic with a 17-point deficit with only 5 matches left to play.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 36 28 6 2 96 26 +70 90 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Celtic 36 21 6 9 90 38 +52 69 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 36 15 9 12 47 40 +7 54
4 Motherwell 36 14 10 12 49 63 −14 52
5 St Johnstone 36 10 12 14 36 44 −8 42
6 Hibernian 36 10 11 15 49 61 −12 41
7 Dundee 36 12 5 19 45 64 −19 41
8 Dundee United 36 11 6 19 34 57 −23 39
9 Kilmarnock 36 8 13 15 38 52 −14 37
10 Aberdeen 36 9 6 21 44 83 −39 33 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round[a]
Updated to match(es) played on end of season. Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Rangers, the winners of the 1999–2000 Scottish Cup, already qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Aberdeen, the losing finalist, earned a spot in the 2000–01 UEFA Cup. As the bottom team, Aberdeen were also due to take part in a three-team play-off with Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk, but as Falkirk's stadium did not meet SPL criteria, the play-off did not take place and Aberdeen were spared relegation.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–18[edit]

During matches 1–18 each team plays every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 0–5 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–5 0–3
Celtic 7–0 6–2 4–1 4–0 4–0 5–1 0–1 1–1 3–0
Dundee 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–4 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–2
Dundee United 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–4 1–0
Heart of Midlothian 3–0 1–2 4–0 3–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 1–1
Hibernian 2–0 0–2 5–2 3–2 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–1
Kilmarnock 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2
Motherwell 5–6 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–4 1–5 1–0
Rangers 3–0 4–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 3–1
St Johnstone 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Source: Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 19–36[edit]

During matches 19–36 each team plays every other team a further two times (home and away).

Home \ Away[1] ABE CEL DND DUN HOM HIB KIL MOT RAN STJ
Aberdeen 0–6 0–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 2–1
Celtic 5–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 4–2 4–0 0–1 4–1
Dundee 0–2 0–3 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–7 1–1
Dundee United 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–1
Heart of Midlothian 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
Hibernian 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–3
Kilmarnock 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 3–2
Motherwell 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1
Rangers 5–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 5–2 1–0 6–2 0–0
St Johnstone 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2

Source: Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top scorers[edit]

Celtic's Mark Viduka was the SPL's top scorer in season 1999-2000.
Player Club Goals
Australia Mark Viduka Celtic 25
Germany Jörg Albertz Rangers 17
England Rod Wallace Rangers 16
Scotland Gary McSwegan Hearts 13
Scotland Willie Falconer Dundee 12
Scotland Mark Burchill Celtic 11
Scotland Kenny Miller Hibernian 11
Scotland John Spencer Motherwell 11
Scotland Billy Dodds Rangers 10
England Nathan Lowndes St Johnstone 10
Netherlands Michael Mols Rangers 9
England Tommy Johnson Celtic 9

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 1999/00 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 54,440
Rangers 48,116
Hearts 14,246
Aberdeen 12,813
Hibernian 11,870
Kilmarnock 9,419
Dundee United 8,186
Motherwell 7,297
Dundee 6,938
St Johnstone 6,117

Source: SPL official website

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